Alexander Volkanovski believes he can get double-champ UFC status

Volkanovski will defend his 145lb title for the third time against Max Holloway in a trilogy battle at UFC 276

By Web Desk
June 21, 2022
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KARACHI: Alexander Volkanovski, the UFC featherweight champion, aimed to go up to lightweight to try to win another title and become the second guy after Irish star Conor McGregor to hold both belts at the same time.

Volkanovski will defend his 145lb title for the third time against Max Holloway in a trilogy battle at UFC 276 next weekend. 'The Great' successfully defended his title against The Korean Zombie in a one-sided fourth-round stoppage victory earlier this year.

The Australian began his MMA career as a middleweight and appears to want to move up a weight class. Volkanovski wants to put an end to his feud with Holloway before considering a move to 155 pounds.

"That's why I talk about this first fight with Max being a big one. After this one, if I go and do my thing, it gives me that time to go and at least have a chance to go for that double-champ status. That's what I want, so I'm going to do what I plan on doing, and then that's what I'm going to call for," Volkanovski said at a UFC press conference.

"I'm planning on moving up, [Charles Oliveira] is dangerous, and I think it'll be a massive fight. I believe I can get that double-champ status, and I'll be successful, but let's worry about Max first. Once it's done, Australia maybe we do it here."

After trouncing Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds to capture the undisputed 145lb title, McGregor moved up to lightweight. After winning Eddie Alvarez's lightweight title at UFC 205, he became the first UFC fighter to hold belts in two weight classes at the same time.